Airs Monday, March 18 at 9 p.m. So much of what we think of as straight ahead jazz was shaped by the Blue Note Sound. As the host of this special, Jim Luce explains, in the mid-20th century Producer Alfred Lyons brought a diverse group of musicians into the studio to conceive, compose and make jazz records without compromise. In Rudy Van Gelder's recording studio in New Jersey, fueled by an intensively creative, collaborative, risk-taking and "hip" culture among the artists, magic happened.
The hour provides a good sampling of music that epitomized that period, featuring artists (interchangeable leaders and sidemen) that included the likes of Horace Silver, J.J. Johnson, Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, Woodie Shaw, Lee Morgan, Billy Higgens, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Billy Cobham, Jackie McLean and more.